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    Akshay Kumar talks about his film making strategy

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Wednesday, February 09, 2011
    In 2010, Akshay Kumar had as many as four releases - ''Tees Maar Khan'',''Action Replayy'',''Khatta Meetha'' and ''Housefull''. A year before was busy as well with Akshay being seen in ''Chandni Chowk To China'',''8X10 Tasveer'',''Kambakkth Ishq'', ''De Dana Dan'' and ''Blue''. Now 2011 appears to be no different with Akshay all set to be seen in at least three films - ''Patiala House'', ''Thank You'' and ''Desi Boyz''. Meanwhile he would also begin shoot for ''Joker'' this month. The man at the hot seat, Akshay Kumar, talks about his strategy and reiterates that he doesn''t have any immediate plans to go slow...

    'Akshay Kumar works in too many films a year' - This is an oft repeated accusation which has been made by many a detractor for quite some time now. In 2010 gave you two successful films (Tees Maar Khan, Housefull), one fair grosser (Khatta Meetha) an

    Yes, I am very pleased with last year’s outcome and by God’s grace; I have another enjoyable year ahead. I pray that people would still like to enjoy the experience with me.

    However, your fans and followers expect you to not just deliver a successful film with every outing but also earn a 100 crores blockbuster. Especially since all top Khans already have huge blockbusters to their name in the form of '3 Idiots'/'Ghajini

    See, I am a different kind of actor compared to all the great Khans (smiles). My work ethic is different for now at the least. I want to work, I want to make movies, I want to be involved on sets, I want to give newcomers a chance to make movies, I want directors, script writers and choreographers to be busy making my films all year round.

    How about the pressure to deliver a film that mints money big time?

    Let's look at it this way, I am not at a stage in my career where I want to only focus on pleasing and breaking records once a year with one whopper of a movie.

    Does this also mean that you since you believe in making 3-4 movies a year, you are okay with having a consistent success with most of them rather than thinking only about that one biggie that would break the barriers?

    Maybe one day I will do that as well but for now I am happy to tick over an amazing amount of money for my industry the whole year round rather than one big fat cheque at the end of it.

    Now arrives ‘Patiala House’ and though it may sound clichéd, it does seem that the film is indeed visibly a 'very different' affair for you. Would you agree?

    Absolutely, I couldn’t agree more. As you can see, it has been a while since I have played such an intense family drama with a purpose like I do in ‘Patiala House’. Playing ‘Gattu’, I feel like I am portraying the real deal and actual circumstances in life. I am not playing a role; I am playing someone, in fact many people out there.


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